• Matriarch Mask

    Stan Bevan

    $8,300.00 CAD

    Alder Wood, Abalone, Hair, Sea Lion Whiskers, Acrylic Paint

    The regalia of a privileged Matriarch would include wearing a frontlet as a headdress when attending special ceremonies. Frontlets are typically worn by high-ranking individuals as a display of crests and status.  Often, they are decorated with materials that imply great wealth and power, such as Abalone shell and Sea Lion whiskers.

  • Nanasimgit Panel Pipe

    Christian White

    Price upon request

    Argillite, Catlinite, Abalone shell, Mother of Pearl

    This ornately detailed panel pipe inlayed with catlanite, abalone shell and mother of pearl tells the ancient story of Nanasimgit.

    The man or Nanasimgit is depicted at the bottom of the pipe holding skils to represent his stature. It shows the numerous potlatches he has held. The following story is a shortened version as told by the artist, Christian White:

    One day, the man’s wife was washing sea otter skins near the ocean, when a Killerwhale arose from the surface. It coaxed her into the water and carried her seaward while her husband watched in disbelief. Without hesitation, he quickly decided to follow them until the Killerwhale dove near a two-headed kelp, which prevented him from going any further. He was feeling quite distraught as he returned back to the village but by then he had decided to seek the help of his uncle, the Frog.

    The Frog offered him advice on how he could get his wife back and suggested that he take specific objects with him for his journey. He brought spruce root twine, a gimlet and medicine, placing them in his canoe. But, before he embarked on his journey, he was urged to undergo a fast in order to cleanse his body, which involved various rituals.

    Once the fast was completed, the man embarked on his quest until he came across the kelp he had encountered before. He tied his canoe to the kelp along with his possessions and climbed down beneath the surface to find himself in another world. He followed a path where he encountered three blind women that resembled Geese. He used his medicine to cure two of the women while the third one chose not to accept the medicine. The cured women vowed to repay him for his deed. As he proceeded onward, the man came across two slaves, from the Killerwhale clan, chopping wood. As they proceeded to chop the wood, the head of their axe fell off and they began to cry knowing the consequences they would face from the Chief. The man stopped to assist them and in return they directed him to his wife’s dwelling. The slaves warned the man of the watchmen pole that stood in front of the longhouse protecting the inhabitants. The watchmen had the ability to scent out and watch out for intruders.

    While he proceeded further on his path and thought about how to divert the watchmen, the man encountered a Heron repairing a canoe without success. The man stopped to offer him his gimlet to successfully repair the canoe. In return for his generosity, the Heron helped conceal the man under his wing blanket from the Black Whale guards and the watchmen. He successfully entered the longhouse to happily find his wife. At this point, the watchmen discovered the man taking his wife back with him, but were unable to stop him.

    When the man arrived back with his wife to his village he felt a different connection with her, as though she was not herself. At night, he would keep her in a bentwood box, but one morning when he awoke, to his surprise she escaped. She left to be with her Killerwhale family and fully transformed into a Killerwhale. This was the last he saw of her.

    4.75 x 10.25 x 1.25″ (without base)

    8 x 12 x 5.25″ (with base)

  • Berry Basket

    Merle Andersen

    $3,450.00 CAD

    Cedar Bark

    Merle is a Haida Weaver and Regalia artist from the Queen Charlotte Islands, BC, Canada. San’laa gudgaang is her Haida name and Yaguu’janaas is the name of her affiliated clan. She uses Cedar Bark, Spruce Root, and Sewn Regalia as her mediums. Merle’s grandmother, Isabella Edenshaw, and mother, Florence Davidson, were both weavers, while her grandfather, Charles Edenshaw, was a master carver, and her father, Robert Davidson Sr., was a carver in his own right. Merle received her traditional training under her mother and two of her sisters, as well as under Haida weavers April and Holly Churchill.

  • Eagle Bolo Tie

    Barry Wilson

    $900.00 CAD

    Sterling silver, Abalone shell, Engraved
    19″ Leather cord

  • Loon

    Garry Meeches

    $625.00 CAD

    Acrylic paint on Acid-free paper

     

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery)

  • Wood Ducks (1990)

    Isaac Bignell

    $2,700.00 CAD

    Acrylic paint on Acid-free board

    1990

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery)

  • Untitled (1991)

    Isaac Bignell

    $2,100.00 CAD

    Acrylic paint on Acid-free paper

    1991

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery)

  • Beaver Fish Bowl

    Derek J. White

    $8,000.00 CAD

    Sterling Silver; Repousse, Engraved

    Derek White’s extraordinary Beaver & Eagle Fish Bowl, created in the traditional Haida form and utilizing the ancient technique of repousse to add dimension, demonstrates his articulate master carving and artistry skills. Containers such as bowls were traditionally created out of Cedar or Alder wood and utilized in daily life. The chosen medium of silver serves as a contemporary progression of this ancient art form while illustrating the intricate foundational links which combine cultural heritage with the arts.

  • Quwut Sun

    lessLIE Sam

    $200.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 100

    2005

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery)


    “This contemporary Coast Salish sun design is an attempt to mediate between the Hul’qumi’num language (the language of the Cowichan Tribes) and English. There have been various anglecized spellings of this Hul’qumi’num toponym (place name), such as “Cowichan,” “Khowutzun,” and the currently accepted “Quwutsun.” This Hul’qumi’num term has been simplified and misinterpreted as meaning “The Warm Land,” when it should be more correctly interpreted as meaning “warmed by the sun,” or “basking in the sun with your back turned to the sun.”

    The four eclipsed suns surrounding the central sun symbolize the darkness of ignorance blocking Daylight, a powerful source of truth.”

    –lessLIE


  • Wonder Child – Yellow

    Alvin Adkins

    $200.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 175

     

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery)

     

  • ‘Tsung’ Haida Beaver Mask

    Lyle Campbell

    $4,900.00 CAD

    Yellow cedar wood, Abalone shell, bark

    Beavers are creative, artistic, determined, and industrious. Well known for their industriousness and building skills, they are a common inhabitant throughout the Northwest Coast region.

     

  • Welcome Figure Mask

    Joe David

    $6,000.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Human hair, Acrylic paint

    This Welcome Figure portrait mask, based on a Nuu chah nulth mask from the 1850’s, would be danced during a ceremonial welcome song which belongs to the David family of the Tla-O-Qui-Aht clan. Smoked elk hide has been rigged to the back of the piece to hold it securely in place when being danced.

  • Haida Lineage Pole – 6ft

    Geoff Greene

    $8,900.00 CAD

    Glass, etched and sandblasted, Edition of 45

    Natural Maple wood or Stainless steel base

    Exclusive to Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery

    The interplay between tradition and innovation is the premise for this contemporary totem pole.  While cedar wood predominates, noted Haida artist Geoff Greene has applied his foresight in designing traditional Haida motifs in the contemporary medium of glass.  It makes a strong visual statement with its structured Haida form line, yet the translucent nature of the glass softens the composition, clearly defining the progression of Haida art.  From the top, the Eagle is portrayed perched, with the Raven and Moon following. The Eagle signifies peace and friendship, while the Raven is the folk hero who created the Moon, stars and the universe. The Bear, at the base of the totem, is a close relative to mankind known to share both human and animal traits.

     

     

     

  • Orca

    Chester (Chaz) Patrick

    $980.00 CAD

    Exclusive to Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery

    Glass; Etched and sandblasted (Glass thickness 12mm)

    Every Household and every clan possessed its own history and traditions in the form of myths and legends. Often describing how an individual had met a supernatural being, in animal form, who had given ownership of certain privileges. These privileges are a highly important part of First Nations life and are retained by particular family groups through their laws of inheritance. Privileges gave an individual status in the community and were more highly valued than any material possession.

    In reality there were rights, such as the right to use a figure on a house post, wear a mask or to perform a dance at a ceremony. Very typical of these legends was the tale of Natcitlaneh, who was abandoned on an island by his brothers-in-law, who were jealous of his prowess as a hunter. He was rescued by the sea lions and taken to their village in a cave, where in gratitude for his healing their Chief, gave him supernatural powers which enabled him to carve eight wooden Killerwhales. These came to life when they were placed in the sea and avenged him by killing his brothers-in-law. As a mark of respect, Natcitlaneh built a house and named it Killerwhale House. According to legend the ancestors visited the house, located at the bottom of the ocean and obtained the right to use the Killerwhale as a crest. The Killerwhale was said to have originated from a single great white wolf that leaped into the sea and transformed itself into a Killerwhale, or Orca. That is why they have the white markings on their sides, travel in packs and are such skilled hunters. The Orca is considered to be the ocean manifestation of the wolf and the two animals are considered to be directly related.

    Another beautiful legend tells that long ago Orca was one color, black and she lived in the water like all fish. Then she fell in love with Osprey and he with her. The Orca wanted to know so badly what it felt like to fly so she leapt farther and farther out of the water to be close to her love and Osprey spent more and more time close to the water to be near his love. Love has a way of making itself shown and expressed, and when their child was born, she was black like Orca, but with a white belly and head like the Osprey. The Orca has a song so beautiful that all creation is said to stop and listen to the Orca and that to be splashed by the Orca is to ensure great luck and happiness.

    Chaz’s beautifully sculptured glass Killerwhales pay tribute to First Nation culture, oral history and traditions. These are testament to an ideology in which we are all interconnected and part of the greater whole- each related and affecting the other.

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